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Continued: Minnesota Poll shows support for DFL tax hikes

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 18, 2013 - 5:38 AM

Those identifying themselves as Republicans opposed the measure, with only 41 percent in favor and 54 percent opposing. Democrats favored the hike by an 86-14 percent margin.

Support in Hennpin and Ramsey counties was the largest at 73 percent, but it was also solid in the suburbs (56 percent) and outside the metro area (62 percent).

Lori Denton of Barnum, Minn., said she supports the cigarette tax hike because, while she is not a smoker, she has family members who smoke and she wishes they would quit. “I think it’s OK to tax it high,” she said.

On the income tax, Denton would rather have everyone pay a similar percentage of their income in taxes, and isn’t sure the new upper-income tax will accomplish that goal.

“I think it should be more equal,” she said.

 

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